Incoming St. John's Athletes Take Part In New Student-Athlete Orientation

Red Storm track & field athletes get to know each other at the 2013 New Student-Athlete Orientation.

Sep 5, 2013

Sep 5, 2013


On Tuesday, Sept. 3, freshmen and transfer student-athletes were given their first taste of what it means to be a member of the Red Storm family during St. John’s University’s annual New Student-Athlete Orientation.

The event was organized by the office of Student Development for Athletes and included speeches by university administrators and staff as well as various team-building and development exercises and seminars, all under the mantra “Win. Graduate. Serve.”

"The orientation gives student-athletes the tools they need to be successful in the classroom, the community and in the competitive arena," said Director of Athletics Chris Monasch. "They are presented with the many areas of support available to them during their career at St. John’s."

Graduate student and senior Red Storm student-athletes served as orientation leaders for St. John’s newest group of student-athletes, helping provide an understanding of what being a part of the Red Storm community is about and sharing their own personal experiences.

Following an introductory speech by Associate Director for Athletic Development, Mary Pat Beirne, each orientation group rotated between the following four sessions: Personal Development & Life Balance, Career Development, Community Service and Counseling Center. Group talks were led by university staff including Mark Armiento, Sports Psychology & Counseling Consultant; Amy Connell, Registered Dietician; Cheresa Fewell, Career & Internship Advisor; Rev. Richard Rock, C.M., Campus Minister to Athletics; and Jenni Atencio-Bacayon, Staff Psychologist.

Incoming student-athletes were then introduced to the St. John’s athletic academic advisors, who spoke of their role and the expectations of “Respect, Responsibility, and Communication,” after which the Class of 2017 posed for a picture on the Bent Hall stairs.

Two final sessions on Academic Integrity and Leadership & Development followed for the newest members of the Red Storm, before all involved sat down for a welcome dinner held inside Bent Hall, which featured speeches from Associate Vice President for Academic Support Services Dr. Nancy Kaplan, Director of Academic Support for Student-Athletes Eric Rienecker, and Robert Mangione, Ed.D., R.PH., Provost of St. John’s University.

“New Student-Athlete Orientation ushers in the excitement that we all feel at the beginning of the academic year,” said Kaplan. “This is a wonderful way to welcome our athletes to St. John’s. The day provides a strong overview of all of the services and resources that are available to ensure success. It also serves as a valuable reminder of what it means to represent St. John’s University as part of our athletic program. ‘Win, Graduate and Serve’ is our motto and the fulfillment of these responsibilities begins today.”

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